Ahhh, wake up! Spring is here. It’s time to get moving!
I don’t know about you, but during winter, I seem to hibernate in my house. Usually around 6 pm every night, I put my pajamas on and just stay in for the night. Nothing can get me out of the house when it’s freezing!
So when spring arrives, I seem to have this renewed energy. A new spark. How about you?
Feel the same way?
During springtime, you are filled with inspiration and have more energy to achieve your health goals. You’re more active, creative, and more apt to stick to your routines.
Not only does spring symbolize renewal and rebirth, it also reminds me of cleansing. AND a great way to supercharge the season is to detox. I’m not talking pills and powders from a box but with lots of greens and whole foods.
Spring is the perfect time to do a detox because you can take a good look at habits and make a new plan. It’s a time to set goals whether it is cooking more at home, working out, or even taking more time for yourself. Even as a mama, you need to take care of YOU. You are no good to anyone when you are feeling heavy, exhausted and just plain “ugh.”
Once you experience a detox that incorporates whole foods and daily activities that support your body, there isn’t anything in the world that can compare to the feeling you get after a detox. You may feel increased bouts of energy, eliminate your cravings, lose weight, reduce bloating and get rid of belly fat. Your mind is clear and focused, and even your mood can improve. You might even glow!
Now doesn’t that sound good? Let’s get some of that!
Here are 6 tips for a successful detox:
1. Eat whole Foods: Try a gentle, clean food-based detox. The first step is to eliminate foods that have barcodes. This means avoid foods that come in a can or box- processed foods. I usually remind myself of this rule when I shop. Also, stick to organic fruits and veggies for your cleanse. You don’t want to add any toxins into your body during your detox!
2. Add green goodness: Spring foods consist of dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, watercress, asparagus, peas, fennel, and mustard greens.. You can also add in additional dark leafy greens such as kale, Swiss Chard, and collards. Everything is green and light, just like the Spring season and great for cleansing the liver, the organ that rules this time of year (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine). The chlorophyll from the leaves feed the blood cells, and help your body achieve balance. Therefore, ridding your body of toxins becomes easier. You feel cleaner.
3. Eliminate added sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, wheat/gluten, eggs, animal protein, corn, and soy: These substances are acidic and inflammatory and need to be eliminated while you are doing a detox. Try to keep things as clean as possible.
4. Move your body: Of course eating foods that nourish and detoxify are necessary for your cleanse, but the next step is to incorporate exercise. Try gentle yoga, walking in nature, stretching. You don’t want to run twelve miles during your cleanse or do a long bike ride. You will be completely exhausted. Your body is working hard to get rid of toxins, and she needs to rest to restore during the detox period.
5. Take time to breathe and meditate: This time is for YOU. So try sitting still for at least 10 minutes a day, breathing in and out. Have a mantra. Be still. Stress is the #1 cause of inflammation so do all you can to take a few steps back and calm your mind.
6. Determine the length of your detox: 10 days is a perfect time period to feel and see changes in your body. It’s just enough time to really get the full effects of a detox. It takes time to make changes, and your body needs time to adjust to eating differently, getting rid of toxins, and establishing habits. So a cleanse less than 10 days might not give you the full results. If you are new to detoxing or want a power-boost to jump start healthy living, then 10 days is a good start.
2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped (or use frozen broccoli florets)
1 cup spinach
1 parsnip, peeled, cored, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
2 cups vegetable broth
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Heat oil over medium heat in large pot. Add garlic, onion, and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, spinach, parsnips, celery and parsley and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Add vegetable broth and reduce to medium-low heat. Cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
Puree the soup with a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup coconut milk to make it even creamier.
Pour soup into two bowls. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon over the soup before serving. Serve.
Makes 2 servings.
Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of Whole Health Designs. Spending years struggling with a growing arsenal of health-destroying conditions that ranged from fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, candida and rosacea to cystitis and tons of allergies, she decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to reclaim her health. Then pursuing her education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she turned her personal quest into her vocation with the launch of Whole Health Designs. Lisa provides seasonal detox programs, meal planning and private coaching for those who desire to embrace “clean living. “ She also provides juice cleanses to local clients and leads wellness retreats in Costa Rica.
As a nationally acclaimed wellness expert, Lisa has worked with thousands in her Renewal 10 Day Detox programs. Her work has been featured in Fitness Magazine, TinyBuddha, Elephant Journal, Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life , Good Life Project, The Daily Meal, and Mind Body Green. She is also the author of Renewal Anytime 10 Day Detox and her new book, Go Clean, Sexy You: Your Seasonal Detox and Clean Eating Guide will be available late 2015. Lisa is also a mom, triathlete, yoga lover and green juice drinker.
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